The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton

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Fiona Sweeney wants to do something that matters, and she chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya. By helping to start a traveling library, she hopes to bring the words of Homer, Hemingway, and Dr. Seuss to far-flung tiny communities where people live daily with drought, hunger, and disease. Her intentions are honorable, and her rules are firm: due to the limited number of donated books, if any one of them is not returned, the bookmobile will not return.

But, encumbered by her Western values, Fi does not understand the people she seeks to help. And in the impoverished small community of Mididima, she finds herself caught in the middle of a volatile local struggle when the bookmobile's presence sparks a dangerous feud between the proponents of modernization and those who fear the loss of traditional ways.


About Masha Hamilton

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A journalist who has worked for NBC Mutual Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and other well-known news organizations, Masha Hamilton is the author of The Distance Between Us and Staircase of a Thousand Steps. She lives with her family in New York City.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Kenya, books are delivered to remote villages by camel — a discovery Hamilton has put into her fiction hopper to yield a story about an American librarian, Fi Sweeney, who leaves her home in New York to take a job in Africa.

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Publishers Weekly

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Kanika, Taban and Matani become more vibrant than Fi, who never outgrows the cookie-cutter mold of a woman needing excitement and fulfillment, but Hamilton weaves memorable characters and elemental emotions in artful prose with the lofty theme of Western-imposed "education" versus a village's per...

Jan 29 2007 | Read Full Review of The Camel Bookmobile

Book Reporter

Veteran reporter and two-time novelist Masha Hamilton's latest book takes readers into the remotest areas of the African continent to explore what happens when modern Western traditions are introduced into the very fabric of a third world, traditionally nomadic society.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Masha Hamilton's The Camel Bookmobile, friends of Fiona Sweeney, an idealistic New York librarian, think Fi's new project — a mobile library delivering books to remote parts of Kenya — is slightly batty.

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